TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) reported earnings on July 27. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), TransCanada whiffed on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
TransCanada notched revenue of $1.77 billion. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $2.07 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 20% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.22 billion.

My

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.43. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.47 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.38 for Q2 were 27% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 50.5%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 31.3%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.8%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.19 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.61 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.20.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 397 members out of 409 rating the stock outperform, and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 93 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 91 give TransCanada a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on TransCanada is outperform, with an average price target of $44.19.

How did TransCanada treat you during the oil spike in 2008 and the subsequent bust? More importantly, what are you doing to prepare for the next spike that some experts believe may be just around the corner? Prepare yourself with a well-positioned energy stock we profile in "The Only Energy Stock You'll Ever Need." Click here for instant access to this free report.